AS Monaco

If someone was asking “Why Monaco will sell Mbappe, Fabinho, Mendy and still survive?” There’s an actual answer to it

After a memorable 2016/17 campaign when Monaco managed to lift the Ligue 1 title after seventeen years as well as reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, the period came when all the big, hungry clubs usually come to take all the talent away.

Transfer revenue record that has never been broken

Fabinho, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy and Kylian Mbappe are all set for for departures in lucrative deals for both them and their club. Their sales will generate a combined fee of around 300M pounds and when the selling fees for the done deals of Bernardo Silva, Valerie Germain and Nabil Dirar are added, Monaco will set a new world record for transfer revenue. A record that we may wait a while to see it get broken again.
And while Monaco may record profits that are typical for the Premier League giants, Leonardo Jardim and his teams will be preparing for a repeat of last season. Despite their riches and benefits they have to offer, Les Monégasques are still and probably always will be, a selling club.

Great management and best football is still not enough to wipe out Monaco’s big loan

You may want to hold your comparisons with the painful vicious circle that is the modern-day Ajax. AS Monaco is dominating in the much more competitive Ligue 1 while also defying the odds to beat world class sides in Europe’s most elite competition. And despite the numerous departures, next season will likely be no different to the last one.

Ever since becoming their manager, Leonardo Jardim has had to cope with the abandonments of James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao, Anthony Martial, Aymen Abdennour, Layvin Kurzawa, Yannick Carrasco and Geoffrey Kondogbia among others. Whether he dipped in the transfer market or he promoted from within, his Monaco always survived and managed to do so by playing some of the best football on the continent.

While some criticize Monaco’s loan policy as they do for Chelsea, considering the fact that every year Monaco has double figures in loaned out individuals in other clubs, these actions provide the club with a very safe plan for the season that’s coming. Fully aware of their incapability to keep their talents for too long, Monaco are a step ahead of Europe and looking at who they have coming back for them next season, the plan is working just fine.

We will take a glance at some of the AS Monaco loan stars that are set to go with the team on preseason:

1. Gil Dias

The 20-year-old winger has spent last season on loan in his homeland. He played in every single game for Rio Ave during last campaign and was by far their best performer. Mostly deployed as a right wing, his hight combined with his speed and trickery forces one to draw comparisons to a young Cristiano Ronaldo at Sporting and just like the Ballon d’Or winner at the time, his only downside is that he likes to overdo on his dribbles aka showboat. It’s nearly impossible to get the ball away from his feet and he can also rack up the numbers as well considering he scored and assisted one third of Rio Ave’s goals. He would find his place on either flanks and take over from where Bernardo Silva and Kylian Mbappe left off.

2. Allan Saint-Maximin

Another extremely fast and extremely confident, tricky player. Due to his unusual hairstyle and his movement it’s easy to see glimpses of Ronaldinho, Jay-Jay Okocha and Peguy Luyindula who were all fascinating footballers in the Ligue 1 for PSG. Allan Saint-Maximin spent last season on loan at Bastia and contributed as much as he could with his 3 goals and 3 assists, considering they were the worst club in the league last campaign. The 20-year-old arrived from Saint Ettiene for 5M euros in 2015 and he would hope that there will be room for him at Monaco to showcase his glorious talent in 2017/18 season. He can play on both flanks, as a striker or behind the striker.

3. Rony Lopes

Rony Lopes spent last season on loan at LOSC Lille. Just like Gil Dias, he was overlooked by Portugal U21 for the Euro Championship in Poland although he has 65 appearances for Portugal’s youth teams over the years. Lopes had a fine season for Lille, as he contributed for his team with 6 goals and 5 assists. The playmaker is a natural number 10, but can play on either flanks as well. The 21-year-old was part of the elite Benfica Academy, before he switched to Manchester City in 2012. Monaco bought him off for a staggering €12M in 2015 and it appears that his time to shine has finally come.

4. Adama Traore

Although he shares the same name as the Premier League star, he is nothing like him in footballing terms. The young box to box midfielder has spent the last six months on loan at Rio Ave together with Gil Dias for the team that missed out on European qualification by one point. Capable of passing and shooting equally well with his both feet, Traore could be the man to replace Bakayoko should the France international decide to move. Traore was part of the investments made in 2015 as he cost the club €14M as a 19-year-old from Lille. Now, at 21, having collected the needed experience, he will likely get an opportunity at the heart of Monaco’s midfield. He is already playing for his country of origin, Mali, although he is yet to win a permanent spot for his national team.

5. Youssef Aït Bennasser

The Toul-born Morrocan midfielder has spent the last season on loan at AS Nancy-Lorraine in the Ligue 1 which where he was bought from in a €3M deal in 2016 before heading back on loan. Easily one of their best players, Bennasser can be compared to the great Rafik Saifi. He can play as a deep-lying playmaker or higher up in midfield, but his trickery for a midfielder is amazing to say the least. It’s very difficult for opposing players to match his awareness and technique in midfield as Bennasser at times seems like a returning time traveler, knowing everything that his opponents will do. His ability to read the game and control the tempo will come in handy for Monaco’s ventures next season. Bennasser and new arrival Youri Tielemans are expected to create a formidable partnership in the Rouges et Blancs midfield next season considering how compatible their styles of play are.

6. Corentin Jean

Undoubtedly, he will be a fringe player should he stay, but the diminutive forward/winger can definitely fill in for the role of the departed Valerie Germain. Perhaps a bit unlucky with his loan club of Toulouse, who are traditionally one of the worst attacking sides in the league, Jean can do a job in attack should he be given a chance to display his capabilities that have convinced Monaco to spend €4M in 2015. Deployed mostly as a winger for Toulouse, Jean will probably be reverted to his more natural positions of a striker or a second striker. However, a third loan spell for the young Frenchman is definitely on the cards, considering the enormous competition for places despite the number of departures. The 21-year-old Jean has played for every age group in France youth national teams.